Sporty Car Sales In America – April 2015 YTD


2016 Mercedes-AMG GT S

The Ford Mustang U.S. sales boom continued in April 2015 with sales of Ford’s pony car/muscle car/sports car rising 4% compared with the prior month. Remember March? Mustang sales in March were the highest they’d been since June 2007. April volume marked the best fourth month of the year since 2006.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model – April 2015 YTD
U.S. Car Sales Rankings By Model – April 2015 YTD

It was a great month for the Dodge Challenger, as well. Taking advantage of the Chevrolet Camaro’s fast approach to the end of its fifth-gen tenure, Challenger sales increased to the highest monthly level ever. Keep in mind, while the Challenger is the low-volume player in this three-car category, it’s not a low-volume car in the United States. Year-to-date, the Dodge ranks 34th among cars overall. And since the nameplate’s rebirth, Challenger sales have only ever increased on an annual basis.

Among truer sports cars, Jaguar F-Type volume tripled in April 2015, but only in comparison to April 2014, by far the lowest-volume month in the F-Type’s history. Aprils don’t appear to be big F-Type sales months. The Mercedes-Benz SLK outsold the F-Type by a wide margin in April; the Porsche Boxster and Cayman combined to outsell the F-Type by more than two-to-one.

USA sports car sales chart April 2015
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Yet the third table below, which displays a handful of moderately affordable European sports cars, displays a total of 1429 units, less than half the total achieved by the Chevrolet Corvette. 

Newly welcomed to this post with its first results was the Mercedes-AMG GT. Mercedes-Benz reported 205 AMG GT sales in April, more than its SLS AMG predecessor ever managed in a single month.

You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank sports cars, coupes, and GTs any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.

Click Column Headers To Sort • April 2016 • May 2015 • March 2015April 2014

American Muscle
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
6909
9043 -23.6% 24,229 28,611 -15.3%
6771
5122 32.2% 22,728 16,156 40.7%
13,144
7243 81.5% 42,955 26,839 60.0%
Total
26,824
21,408 25.3% 89,912 71,606 25.6%

Euro Sports Cars
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
38
255
2
173 -98.8% 13 556 -97.7%
87
142 -38.7% 889 991 -10.3%
274
92 198% 1332 878 51.7%
431
530 -18.7% 1248 1525 -18.2%
305
428 -28.7% 938 1361 -31.1%
292
328 -11.0% 1072 1250 -14.2%
Total
1429
1693 -15.6% 5747 6561 -12.4%

Other Sporty Cars
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
1300
1579 -17.7% 4277 5070 -15.6%
1009
727 38.8% 3156 1631 93.5%
3469
3514 -1.3% 11,986 11,693 2.5%
216
369 -41.5% 842 1308 -35.6%
379
846 -55.2% 1559 2264 -31.1%
1226
4258
384
465 -17.4% 1765 1721 2.6%
1 -100%
768
791 -2.9% 2535 2525 0.4%
1026
1445 -29.0% 3471 4870 -28.7%
494
820 -39.8% 1653 2886 -42.7%
2713
2698 0.6% 9974 8213 21.4%
252
365 -31.0% 739 1073 -31.1%
1905
966 97.2% 7659 3736 105%
327
1167 14 8.2%
168 -100% 7 584 -98.8%
Total
15,468
14,753 4.8%% 55,048 47,589 15.7%

Warm Hatches
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
2498
3041  -17.9% 10,493 11,514 -8.9%
1650
2759 -40.2% 6887 9445 -27.1%
4150
2176 90.7% 13,445 6122 120%
1693
1603 5.6% 6066 5933 2.2%
2389
2647 -9.7% 8124 10,814 -24.9%
Total
12,380
12,226 1.3% 45,015 43,828 2.7%

Premium Sporty Cars
April
2015
April
2014
%
Change
2015
YTD
2014
YTD
%
Change
69
80 -13.8% 239 305 -21.6%
138
479
104
61 70.5% 415 241 72.2%
56
97 -42.3% 231 255 -9.4%
43
156 -72.4% 197 580 -66.0%
5 -100% 4 9 -55.6%
205
205
39 52 115 -54.8%
434
570 -23.9% 1478 1715 -13.8%
4
28 -85.7% 20 107 -81.3%
162
123 31.7% 556 387 43.7%
897
960 -6.6% 3418 3495 -2.2%
28
86
Total
2140
2119 1.0% 7380 7209 2.4%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* indicates a vehicle which is also shown in another GCBC segment breakdown
^ BMW USA, not GoodCarBadCar, has chosen to combine sales figures of the 1-Series and 2-Series.
Clearly GoodCarBadCar is not suggesting that the cars in the two tables above are all direct competitors. Establishing categories among cars as unique as even the Audi TT and Porsche Boxster has never pleased a single reader, so cars have been lumped together so you can simply see how buyers looking for sports cars, roadsters, hot hatches, convertibles, GTs, and wanna-be sports cars spend their money. Greater categorization of cars would only lead to problems that automakers create by not isolating model-specific sales figures: we don’t know how many M3s BMW has sold or how many Civics are Si models, for example. The numbers we do have are listed above. The BMW 6-Series has been removed from the premium list because we don’t use this space as a showcase for sedans (unless automakers release data for high-end sporting models like the Lexus ISF, as Toyota Canada does) and the 6-Series lineup now relies heavily on a sedan variant. GoodCarBadCar is always open to hearing about the ways you would break down segments, so feel free to get in touch. You can always find the sales results for EVERY vehicle and form your own competitive sets by using the All Vehicle Rankings posts. Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. ANDC estimates say sales for those brands in the first four months of 2015 were 412, 708, 252, 48, and 380, respectively. 

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